Sunday, March 26, 2017

I have other responsibilities this evening. Will resume next Sunday. Thank you.

If the USA is suppose to be an example to the world, billionaire Presidents are the wrong message!

March 26, 2017
By David Filipov
A wave of unsanctioned rallies (click here) swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladi­mir Putin, prompting arrests as hundreds of riot officers moved in to break up crowds. 

The protests are driven by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and fueled by the popular response to his recent allegations that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed vineyards, luxury yachts and lavish mansions worth more than $1 billion....

Medvedev bought at least one yacht while he was President. That is interesting insight as to the Putin dilemma with the Panama Papers (click here).

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (click here) has purchased a 53m superyacht valued at approximately $42 million as a venue to host world leaders in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Kremlin bought the boat last year, the Guardian reports. The explorer type superyacht, which is presently called Leo Fun, will be renamed as yacht Sirius.

The yacht was built by Proteksan-Turquoise and Turquoise Yacht Construction for an Italian businessman and launched back in 2009....

Leo Fun? 

Oh, Tolstoy. Tolstoy authored great literature such as War and Peace, Anna Karenina and The Death of Ivan Ilyich (click here). Leo Tolstoy's grave is quite unique and nearly absent of who lies there. (click here)

Wasn't there an exclusive hospital for the "Wealth Class" recently opened?

...Authorities charged Navalny, the chief architect of the rallies, was detained in Moscow shortly after they began at 2 p.m. local time. Thousands came out on Moscow’s central Tverskaya street for the unsanctioned protests and were met by a heavy police presence, which began detaining demonstrators en masse around 30 minutes after the rallies began. According to media reports, protesters had blocked traffic on Tverskaya street.

Also in Moscow, a warning over a loudspeaker urged people to “think of the consequences” and disperse now.

Yes, indeed. There is nothing like threatening peaceful demonstrators with a moral message.

The demonstrations appear to amount to the largest coordinated protests in Russia since the street rallies that broke out in 2011 and 2012 after a parliamentary election that opposition leaders decried as fraudulent. State-run television was silent about Sunday’s protests as of midday, but pictures posted on social media sites like Twitter suggested that sizable rallies were underway across the country.

Dozens of arrests were reported in the far east city of Vladivostok, and more were likely as demonstrations began in Russia’s largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Authorities preemptively banned a rally that Navalny called for central Moscow. Putin’s spokesman has said that even urging people to take part is illegal....

This is from one of the Farmville 2 games from Zinga on Facebook.

I am trying to figure out the subliminal messaging. Either it is medical marijuana is a good thing or Big Pharma rocks.

When a grandmother all sorts of things come into focus.

Sometimes I wonder where Americans get their violent streak.

The children of Forest Lake Elementary School trod the boards in a dramatic reenactment of how the United States Constitution came to be. After the Revolution, the young United States was anything but united. The states acted like thirteen separate countries, with their own governments, laws, and currencies. It took bravery, smarts, and a lot of compromises to create a workable system of government under the new constitution.

Author: Jacqueline Jules (click here)

There was a remake of the British Invasion called "The Beetles." They were on the right side of human trafficking, too. I was kinda proud of them. They had this morality that worked for me. "I wanna hold your hand." They were really fun.

THERE ARE FIFTY STATES, COUNT THEM, FIFTY!

THE ONLY SUPERPOWER until Donald Trump decided Russia should regain it's status in the world!

It is time to shake all the old bad habits, folks. "God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son." HE ONLY DID IT ONCE, did you notice that?

Christian History: (click here) In the first three centuries, Christians were pacifists. By 1096, they embarked on a holy war. What caused such a huge change?

Jonathan Riley-Smith: First, the early church was not entirely pacifist. In Romans 13, for example, Paul justifies the violence of the pagan emperor, for the emperor is yet a minister of God. And Christians served in the Roman army from the second century on.

Following the conversion of the emperors, in the fourth century, the church became more open to using violence. Church leaders, after an initial shock, began supporting the use of force against heretics.

Then Augustine formulated his theory of “just war,” but his terms effectively mean “holy war.” Augustine and the medieval world concluded that violence is not evil. Instead, violence is morally neutral. That makes a crusade possible....

There is a use for scientists. Wow.


The ornate shrine known as the Edicule encloses what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus Christ inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (click here for virtual tour) in Jerusalem. The shrine has just undergone a year-long restoration.

I like their style. They fix the most important stuff and then let everyone know there is still far more extensive work to be done. Not that the foundation work shouldn't have come first, but, tourism and pilgrims wouldn't be interested in the foundation. See, for me I would rather the foundation be done first even if there was no more money for the fancy stuff. Know what I mean? I wouldn't be walking into the building because the locals would have said, in a nearby cafe, the foundation is really shaky. Yep.

They have learned to live in a world dominated by capitalism, everything superficial is more important than any foundation the world has to offer, even the most important foundation for Christianity. Amazing. Survival. It always has it's place.

March 22, 2017
By Kristin Romney

Scientists (click here) have discovered that there is a "very real risk" that the holiest site in Christianity may collapse if nothing is done to shore up its unstable foundations.
A scientific team from the National Technical University of Athens(NTUA), which has just completed the restoration of what is traditionally believed to be the tomb of Christ in Jerusalem, warns that additional work is needed to prevent the shrine and surrounding complex from experiencing significant structural failure.
"When it fails, the failure will not be a slow process, but catastrophic," says Antonia Moropoulou, NTUA's chief scientific supervisor....

There are too many guns on the street.

March 26. 2017

One person has been killed and 14 injured (click here) in a shooting at the Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Police initially said at least two shooters were involved, but Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate has since tweeted that there is "only one reported shooter".

There was no indication the shooting was terror-related, he said.

Several people have life-threatening injuries, Mr Neudigate told news channel WLWT-TV.

"We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims. It's going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate," he said....

This level of violence with mass shootings is becoming a daily event in the USA.

Does the high level of violence serve the extremist agenda?

March 25, 2017
By Ben Brazil

Marchers and counterprotesters (click here) clashed Saturday at a Make America Great Again gathering in Huntington Beach after an anti-President Trump protester doused marchers with pepper spray.

The anti-Trump protester, dressed in all black and wearing a mask, attacked an organizer of the event, Jennifer Sterling, and other members of the march with the irritant, causing a group of marchers to tackle the masked man, punching and kicking him....
National Spinach Day (click here)

National Spinach Day is observed annually on March 26th.  Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, but it is also incredibly good for you!

Spinach is also a greenhouse plant (click here)


Greenhouses can continue the community garden. Be sure and have a water source. Once the plants become more mature they will produce their own water vapor to some extent.

Monitor soil moisture, not the amount of water, for optimal results. 

Whiteclay, Nebraska has a predatory economy.

There should be tourism instilled into that economy. The town should have a hotel, at the very least, but, also Indian culture shops. The shops can be unique to the reservation and steeped in culture that includes holistic cures and Indian medicine. 

March 25, 2017
By Julie Bosman

...Now many residents (click here) of Nebraska and South Dakota are pushing for the liquor stores of Whiteclay to be shut, disgusted by the easy access to alcohol the stores provide to a people who have fought addiction for generations. The Nebraska authorities, in turn, have tightened scrutiny of the stores, which sell millions of cans of beer and malt liquor annually. Last year, for the first time, the state liquor commission ordered the stores’ six owners to reapply for their liquor licenses....

Whiteclay should talk about it's name with a town hall that carries it's history and current shame and conscience change. That is not to say beer and wine should not be sold in Whiteclay, but, only in the way of a beverage at dinner in the town's new bistro.

Sex trafficking, too? (click here) How many Native Americans, young and old, male and female are missing from the sovereign reservation of Pine Ridge.

History. The border town of Whiteclay has always been tied to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the north within the state boundaries of South Dakota. ... The trading post developed as the unincorporated community of Pine Ridge, commonly known as Whiteclay.

Indian Reservations, until the past decade or so, were preyed upon for natural resources as well. Greed creates animals instead of human beings.
March 23, 2017
By Scott Neil


A number of the world’s richest billionaires who have connections to Bermuda are included in Forbes World Billionaires 2017 list.

Among them is former New York Michael Bloomberg, 75, who owns a property in Bermuda. He is ranked tenth on the list with a net worth of $47.5 billion.

Mr Bloomberg made his fortune through Bloomberg News, a multinational mass media corporation specialising in financial data-services.

Abigail Johnson, 55, is chairwoman of Bermudian-based Fidelity International, a financial services company. She is also chief executive officer of US-based Fidelity Investments, and is listed at 75 on the rich list with a net worth of $14.4 billion.

Ms Johnson’s father, Edward Johnson III, was the former CEO of Fidelity. He helped to finance the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Mr Johnson is listed at 173, with a net income of $7.8 billion....

The wealth gap is never more evident than in Bermuda.

March 16, 2017
By Paul Johnston

The promise of actions — not words (click here) — is what participants will pledge at an event addressing the impact of pain which has left Bermuda “under siege,” according to the organiser.
The Impact of Pain on Social Constructs will tomorrow night examine how pain — “caused by unresolved intergenerational trauma, gang violence, constant change, grief and loss, frustration and disenfranchisement” — manifests in the community. “This island is positioned for social unrest,” event organiser Sharon Apopa said.
According to the doctor, the event follows months of speaking with community members.
“If you have your ear to the ground in the community, you have seen an escalation in people’s emotions around the issues,” she said.
The event follows a recent spate of violence, including the fatal stabbing of Raymond Butterfield (click here) earlier this month.
It also comes on the heels of a recent public event and training for social services workers on the treatment of racial trauma by visiting clinician Kenneth Hardy in February.
Pastor Hollis Neal will serve as the event’s keynote speaker.
Trained as a psychologist — and with a background that includes educational experience — the former pastor at West Pembroke Pentecostal Assembly brings a wealth of experience, Dr Apopa said....

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Demoralized values.

March 22, 2017
By Alison Thoet

In the past month, (click here) there’s been a surge of zoo-related violence and injury in the news. A flamingo was stoned and kicked to death in Prague. A white rhino in a Paris zoo was killed, its horn sawed off. El Salvador’s prized hippopotamus, “Gustavito,” died of wounds after he was violently attacked, and a crocodile at a Tunis zoo died after it was stoned by visitors.

The incidents have again raised questions for animal rights activists and zoos alike about what’s being done to keep zoo animals safe.

“I think it’s a reflection that there are some human beings who still see animals as things,” Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement for PETA, told the NewsHour. Peet argued these international events, as well as the death of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016, highlight that “we simply can’t adequately provide for animals in captivity.”...

Mischief? I suppose there are all sorts of bad asses these days.

15 March 2017

A trio of schoolboys (click here) aged between five and eight-years-old reportedly kicked a flamingo to death after pelting it with stones at a zoo in the Czech Republic. 

The youngsters reportedly climbed over the fence of the Jihlava Zoo before launching their attack on the flock of American flamingos. 
“First, they pelted them with stones," zoologist Jan Vašák told the Prague Morning news site, adding that one of them started to kick one of the birds....

Greed and demoralized economies result in education about animals through illustration only.

March 22, 2017
By Katie Mettler
The savage work of poachers (click here) once concentrated in the wild of Africa and Asia moved metropolitan earlier this month when assailants at a wildlife park near Paris fatally shot a captive rhinoceros three times in the head then sawed off the creature’s horn.
The violent attack on Vince, a five-year-old white rhino, was the first known instance of a rhino being killed in a zoo and forced zookeepers around the globe to consider increasing security.
A Czech zoo, Dvur Kralove, took that to the extreme.
It is home to 21 rhinos — Europe’s largest population — and this week began dehorning them all.
“The decision to remove rhino horns was not made easily at all,” zoo director Premysl Rabas said in a statement Tuesday. “However, the risk that the rhinos currently face not only in the wild but even in zoos is too high and the safety of the animals is our first concern.”
“The dehorned rhino is definitely a better option than the dead rhino,” Rabas said....

There are sincere Dylan fans in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

November 4, 2016
By Jerry Walford 

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

Tulsa will soon be home (click here) to the complete works of the world’s newest Nobel laureate.

Bob Dylan was announced Thursday morning as the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The Nobel committee said Dylan’s work deserved the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The Minnesota native is the first American to earn the Nobel Prize in literature since Toni Morrison in 1993, and many saw the announcement from the Swedish Academy that awards the Nobel Prize as a surprise because musicians haven’t been featured to the same degree as other poets, novelists and writers in the literature category.

One of those who was surprised was Michael Chaiken, curator of the Bob Dylan Archive, which is making its way to Tulsa over the next couple of years.

“I had no idea,” Chaiken said. “Definitely didn’t see it coming. It was a pleasant surprise considering how apocalyptic this election season has been. It was nice to see how beauty and poetry are still important in the world.”

Bob Dylan was awarded the "Metal of Freedom."

The Bob Dylan Archive was acquired by the University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation in March and is coming to Tulsa in pieces to be stored and cataloged for future research of the material, most of which was unknown to many scholars before the March announcement....

He never skimped on lyrics. He composed and sang until the picture was clear.

November 4, 2017
By "World's" Editorial Writers

Bob Dylan was named the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in literature on Thursday. (click here)

It was a surprising, but deserved honor for the 75-year-old Dylan, who the Swedish Academy hailed for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”...
They're selling postcards of the hanging, they're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors, the circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner, they've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker, the other is in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless, they need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight, from Desolation Row

Cinderella, she seems so easy, "It takes one to know one, " she smiles
And puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style
And in comes Romeo, he's moaning. "You Belong to Me I Believe"
And someone says, "You're in the wrong place, my friend, you'd better leave"
And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row


Now the moon is almost hidden, the stars are beginning to hide
The fortune telling lady has even taken all her things inside
All except for Cain and Abel and the hunchback of Notre Dame

Everybody is making love or else expecting rain
And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing, he's getting ready for the show
He's going to the carnival tonight on Desolation Row

Ophelia, she's 'neath the window for her I feel so afraid
On her twenty-second birthday she already is an old maid
To her, death is quite romantic she wears an iron vest
Her profession's her religion, her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon Noah's great rainbow
She spends her time peeking into Desolation Row


Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood with his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago with his friend, a jealous monk
Now he looked so immaculately frightful as he bummed a cigarette
And he when off sniffing drainpipes and reciting the alphabet
You would not think to look at him, but he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin on Desolation Row

Dr. Filth, he keeps his world inside of a leather cup
But all his sexless patients, they're trying to blow it up
Now his nurse, some local loser, she's in charge of the cyanide hole
And she also keeps the cards that read, "Have Mercy on His Soul"
They all play on the penny whistles, you can hear them blow
If you lean your head out far enough from Desolation Row

Across the street they've nailed the curtains, they're getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera in a perfect image of a priest
They are spoon feeding Casanova to get him to feel more assured
Then they'll kill him with self-confidence after poisoning him with words
And the Phantom's shouting to skinny girls, "Get outta here if you don't know"
Casanova is just being punished for going to Desolation Row"

At midnight all the agents and the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone that knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders and then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles by insurance men who go
Check to see that nobody is escaping to Desolation Row

Praise be to Nero's Neptune, the Titanic sails at dawn
Everybody's shouting, "Which side are you on?!"
And Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot fighting in the captain's tower
While calypso singers laugh at them and fishermen hold flowers
Between the windows of the sea where lovely mermaids flow
And nobody has to think too much about Desolation Row

Yes, I received your letter yesterday, about the time the doorknob broke
When you asked me how I was doing, was that some kind of joke
All these people that you mention, yes, I know them, they're quite lame
I had to rearrange their faces and give them all another name
Right now, I can't read too good, don't send me no more letters no
Not unless you mail them from Desolation Row


Songwriter Bob Dylan


Why did the Tea Party stop the Republican so called "Fix" to the ACA?

That is the real question. Why? The Tea Party (Freedom Caucus) is the extremist of the extremists, so why make the Republican measure fail? 

March 25, 2017
By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Felice J. Freyer

The failure of House Republicans (click here) to approve new health care legislation Friday was met with relief in Massachusetts, which stood to lose billions of dollars in critical federal funding under the bill. But that doesn’t mean the state is worry-free when it comes to paying for medical care that is considered both high quality and high cost.

Most pressing, the state faces significant financial challenges with its Medicaid program, called MassHealth, which covers low-income residents. Enrollment has swelled as the program is used to provide coverage to more than just the state’s poorest denizens. It now includes more than 1 in 4 residents, or 1.9 million people. That’s up from 1.1 million people a decade ago....

Why? You have to understand how they are to understand they intend to destroy the country until the federal government and the states are bare knuckled police, fire and military. They see no other value for government.

WHO ARE THEY?

They are the Kochs, the Waltons, the Trumps and every other FAMILY CORPORATION in the country that has no IPO/stock offering.

Their so called fortunes were made by generations past and should have ended when the founders died. That didn't happen. The businesses have lived on as 'a gift' from dear ole' Mom and Dad.

The businesses are outdated and part of the problem in today's economy that has to bend to keep up with the demands of a growing population in the world and Earth's physics. These family businesses have no vested interest in the idea society has to change as time passes. The economy of the past is not capable of supporting generations to come.

The Old Oil Barons are probably the best example. They bought Dick Cheney and he pledged to be the biggest bad ass alive. That was the only way he could harness power from a basically civilized USA. Being a bad ass is a male identity (God help you, Hillary Clinton. The USA is NOT going there.) that serves itself well with declarations of war by the last Superpower on Earth. 

Wouldn't you think that when the USA declared itself the last Superpower on Earth peace would be a prime directive? But, what do we have today? We have another male bad ass that is cutting regulations to the bone because he thinks it's cool. He is the Supreme Bad Ass. His friends, like the Amway Queen, want to make pyramid schemes the only way to make a living in the USA. The Tea Party/Freedom Caucus are backed by useless businesses that should have died decades ago.

Basically, the billionaires of today should be working folks because no different than a growing population on Earth, a family grows in size when parents have 5, 6 or seven children or more. So, when the children of the original founders inherited their fortunes they saw their own large family and no way to slide them into a millionaire or billionaire slot without future exploitation of natural resources or harnessing the subsistence lifestyle of supply side economics or wanting to be a millionaire with pyramid schemes. These are all old paradigms that did not die.

The reason the Freedom Caucus stood in the breach with the Republican health care bill could be for hero worship. They can appear to be real bad asses or they can appear to be a shadow warrior for the Democrats. Either way they win the next election if their propaganda appeals to all.

So, perhaps the Freedom Caucus seems interesting to those in Massachusetts, but, BEWARE Gentle Ben. The life you save may be your own, because, they are taking aim at Massachusetts and the result will not be like a Governor of conscience even though he is a Republican.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Respect for Canadian lands runs deep.

On May 14, 2008, (click here) the Beaver Lake Cree released their Kétuskéno Declaration asserting their role as caretakers of their traditional territories and started a legal action to: a) enforce recognition of their Constitutionally protected rights to hunt, trap and fish, and b) protect the ecological integrity of their territories....

March 24, 2017
By David P. Ball

A First Nation (click here) about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton is shining a bright light on solar energy.

Beaver Lake Cree Nation, near Fort McMurray, has for years raised concerns about what they argue is the harmful effect of Alberta’s oil sands industry on residents’ health and lands.

And while some environmentalists get criticized for their fossil-intensive lifestyles, the small 1,000-member band wants to “walk the walk,” so to speak, and has installed 24,650 Watts of photovoltaic solar panels on its local school.

It’s just the first step on the “path to Indigenous energy sovereignty,” members of the Treaty 6 band said in a statement about the partnership launched with the environmental group Keepers of the Athabasca....
March 17, 2017
By Todd Spangler

Washington — Flint (click here) will soon start receiving $31.5 million of a total $100 million in federal funding to be used toward replacing old lead water lines, and it will be making other infrastructure repairs with the other tens of millions to follow.

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, all D-Mich., said this morning that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had approved $100 million in funding for Flint authorized under legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama late last year.

"Today, we have good news for families in Flint who have already waited far too long for their water system to be fixed,” they said in a joint statement. “After a hard-fought victory to secure $100 million in assistance last year, the City of Flint will finally begin receiving funding."...

All are old, white men.

Hello, America.

March 23, 2017
By Z. Byron Wolf

...Their gripe? (click here) The photo featured no women, even though lawmakers were discussing Republicans' health reform proposal -- and members of the House Freedom Caucus want to strip a requirement that health insurance plans cover essential benefits, including coverage for maternity services.

"Appreciated joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today. This is it. #PassTheBill"

This is ridiculous. No. It is hideous.

24 March 2017

...The photo shows Mr Pence (click here) sitting with members of the all-male House Freedom Caucus, meeting to negotiate with the president over changes to the bill.

This includes adjustments such as no longer requiring insurance companies to offer maternity care in all health plans.

Many conservatives also want to repeal benefits that all insurance policies must cover under the Affordable Care Act, including emergency room visits, substance abuse treatment, and preventive care such as screenings and vaccines....

Customized health care targets women and families for more expense than men. Health insurance is always decided based on "pool of subscriber statistics." Isolating people with children and expecting women is discrimination. In most health care policies today there is already a choice of individual, parent and child(ren) and family. Additionally, if states opened their markets to national companies there would be intense competition for the first few years while wealthier companies forced others out of business. Eventually, there would be no competition with only a very few health insurance companies remaining only to provide 'cartel pricing.'






Americans are now "Online Chattel" of powerful Wall Street Internet Companies.

Online companies now own your identity!

Every website you visit, every app that sends or receives data, everyone you email and many that you message.

Make online identities generic. Decide on what is necessary to online activity and tailor it to a single GENERIC identity. Repeat behaviors that are only online activities. Take the 'personality' out of online activity. Rely on local economies.

There is basically no security to your life or activities as they are recorded on data streams. DON'T LIVE ON THE NET! I have a hard wired home phone. Always have. Force companies and the government to use the FISA Court. This is outrageous.

Osama bin Laden is dead and no one is allowed to know my shoe size!

March 23, 2017
By Tall Arbel and Richard Lardner

New York — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations (click here) , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses.

Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required internet providers to ask your permission before sharing your personal information. That’s a much stronger privacy-protection weapon than letting them use your data until you tell them to stop. As anyone who has ever tried to stop getting targeted ads on the internet knows, opting out is hard.

Without those protections, consumer advocates fear that broadband providers will be able to do what they like with people’s data.

“Advertisers and marketers are lining up to get access to all the information that’s now available about us,” said Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, which advocates for tougher internet privacy measures....      

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The plague of Great Britain's steeplechase.

Back in January 2017, a racehorse by the name of Ypsilanti demonstrated the issue clearly. It would seem as though the steeplechase hurdles have become soft. The horses run through them rather than jump over them.

Maybe that is why Americans prefer horse racing without the hurdles. Less cheating.


Ypsilanti won that race, too. It is all physics. If one runs touching the ground one covers more ground. Ypsilanti seems to have figured that out. Ypsilanti just wants to get back to the barn. Oats, hay, comfort. 


Socially known in The Sawth as "Poor White Trash."

When I worked in health care in North Carolina there were basically two type of male personalities for the under-educated, the holy man and the tragic man.

The holy man would live a far longer life even into his eighties and nineties. The tragic man would live to his mid-forties or early fifties. The categories were both extreme personas.

Quality of life for both were supported by poor wages and long hours. The holy man would work hard, often 2 to 3 jobs, no sacrifice was too much for his family because his rewards lie after his death in heaven. He doesn't drink alcohol, it is evil, eats what is prepared by his spouse, his children are to do well in school IF THEY WERE SMART ENOUGH. If the child could not achieve in school it was expected they would fall in to a deeply religious lifestyle of their father because he was blessed with a good woman who loved her children.

The tragic man lived "wide open." He drinks alcohol, frequently an alcoholic, eats fried food, "What is organic?", has sex with pretty women and is an absent father. He pays child support and drinks to forget he misses them. He smokes tobacco, chews tobacco, doesn't attend church, can be homeless from time to time because holding down a job is sometimes difficult, he is considered a man unable to cope with his own reality by his family. His friends, if he has any, are alcoholics that has sustained loss repeatedly. They are Caucasian.

These are the angry people. There are two sides as you can see. One is tried of lazy bums and their welfare and food stamps getting women pregnant without responsibility. The others are tired of being called bums and supporting programs they will never receive a benefit. They voted. They voted with abandon for a Human Molotov Cocktail. Both of these stereotypes have been harnessed for politics out of hate and fear; both extreme feelings; and for the differences in their lifestyles they vote the same and primarily for Republicans. Both lifestyles are of misery, toned by prayer or altered consciousness. I don't believe it will ever change. It is too far gone. The state governments are highly corrupt and the people vote out of empathy or indifference so long as they maintain the status quo.

There is no moral content in either lifestyle. There is no quality of life. There is just life and suffering with a choice of coping. These people are suffering from human rights abuse, but, are too self-righteous (pride) to see it for themselves and fight those who try to bring about reality or the truth. It is too much for them. It's been generations.

If anyone thinks there will be sympathy for these folks and health care will be left in place by Republicans, you would be wrong. Republican dogma states, these people have the liberty to live the life they want and die as they will. They don't care if they bring the country down with them.
...According to the 2015 edition (click here) of America’s Health Rankings, North Carolina ranked 31st in the nation.
 The burden of premature morbidity and mortality reflected in our ranking highlights the need for improvements in population health. More than two-thirds of all deaths annually in North Carolina are attributed to chronic diseases and injuries. 

The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics has listed the top five causes of death in 2014 as cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Based on the latest America’s Health Rankings report, North Carolina’s challenges are large disparity in health status by education, low per capita public health funding and high infant mortality rate. Our state’s low prevalence of excessive drinking, high immunization rates among adolescent females for HPV (human papillomavirus) and high immunization coverage among
children are noted as strengths.
The burden of premature morbidity and mortality reflected in our ranking highlights the need for improvements in population health. More than two-thirds of all deaths annually in North Carolina are attributed to chronic diseases and injuries.
The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics has listed the top five causes of death in 2014 as cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
Based on the latest America’s Health Rankings report, North Carolina’s challenges are large disparity in health status by education, low per capita public health funding and high infant mortality rate. Our state’s low prevalence of excessive drinking, high immunization rates among adolescent females for HPV (human papillomavirus) and high immunization coverage among
children are noted as strengths....

March 24, 2017
By Christopher S. Rugabeer

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans (click here) emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" - suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.
The new paper by two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, concludes that the trend is driven by the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with a high school diploma or less.
The economists also argue that dwindling job opportunities have triggered broader problems for this group. They are more likely than their college-educated counterparts, for example, to be unemployed, unmarried or suffering from poor health.
"This is a story of the collapse of the white working class," Deaton said in an interview. "The labor market has very much turned against them."
Those dynamics helped fuel the rise of President Donald Trump, who won widespread support among whites with only a high school diploma....